First Aid for Severe Trauma

First Aid for Severe Trauma (FAST) Focus Groups

At the 2019 International Leadership Conference, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and American Red Cross conducted educational research on methods of teaching tourniquet use, in an effort to determine retention of the training and ability to accurately demonstrate skills learned. They have taken the findings from that research, as well as focus groups that HOSA students participated in, to develop a curriculum to teach high school students how to respond in emergencies. The course is called First Aid for Severe Trauma or FAST. 

At the 2020 ILC we will be asking for Local Advisors to participate in focus groups. These focus groups will help identify barriers/challenges and potential solutions for FAST implementation in states, school districts, and classrooms. In the focus groups, we will ask state and local advisors questions related to their past experience of curriculum implementation, potential challenges to implementing the FAST curriculum, and suggestions to overcome these challenges. We will also provide a brief overview of the FAST curriculum, such as video clips or brief content materials. 

The time slots below will be available for advisors to register to take part in one of the focus groups:

Thursday June 25:

  • 9:00-10:30 Local Advisor
  • 11:00-12:30 Local Advisor
  • 2:00-3:30 Local Advisor 
  • 9:00-10:30 State Advisor
  • 11:00-12:30 State Advisor
  • 2:00-3:30 State Advisor 


First Aid for Severe Trauma (FAST) Train the Trainers Certification
On Friday the American Red Cross will start the process of training and certifying HOSA advisors to conduct the FAST Training Course. This will be a two hour commitment and the available time are below. 
Friday June 26:
  • 8:00-10:00 
  • 10:00-12:00
  • 1:00-3:00 
  • 3:00-5:00